Rangnick suggests to scrap League Cup weeks after arriving in English football

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick believes the League Cup could be scrapped to ease the fixture congestion in English football.

The season is in danger of facing a huge backlog of games due to the impact of Covid, which has seen a host of matches postponed during the Festive campaign.

To make matters worse the welfare of players has come under scrutiny again as the calendar threatens to descend into chaos.

United have seen their last two games called off due to a Covid outbreak at the club.

Rangnick reckons there are too many competitions in English football and that getting rid of the League Cup could be one way to ease the strain on a packed domestic season.

Rangnick said: "You know better than I do what a big tradition it is to play on Boxing Day and the 27th and I think we should stick to this and respect this tradition.

"I'm looking forward to that, for the first time in my coaching career, but there could be other issues that have been discussed in the past.

"England is the only top league (in Europe) that plays two cup competitions. In France they abolished the second one, so we are the only country that plays two cup competitions.

"This is something we could speak about and discuss. The League Cup is still kept for the third and fourth division teams to improve the financial situations of those clubs.

"But a tight calendar, with too many games, this is something to speak about and discuss."

Rangnick, meanwhile, has appealed to any of his United stars who haven't been vaccinated to get jabbed and improve their chances of avoiding getting Covid in the future.

Rangnick, who has a full squad to pick from again ahead of next week's trip to Newcastle, added: "The Premier League will try everything to keep the league safe and the situation around the players safe.

"We have to encourage players to behave in a disciplined way with regards to contacts, we have to make sure the record of vaccination players is high at our club.

"Even if you are vaccinated, you can catch it, but you are protected from severe symptoms and most of our players who tested positive had very, very weak symptoms and didn't suffer."

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